Top 5 Most Beautiful Parks in Paris
By: Andrea @Destinationeu
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One of my favourite things to do in Paris is relax in one of the many gorgeous parks and gardens found in the city. When the weather is good you can take a typical picnic with cheese, a baguette, and wine or just sit and read a book or people watch. When the weather isn’t so good, which is often, you might prefer to take a warming cup of hot chocolate with you as you wander around admiring the colourful flower displays.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Right in the heart of the city, the Jardin du Luxembourg is the most popular park in Paris. While the park is great to visit all year round, April is the best time to visit if you want to see the stunning tulip displays. Pull up a chair facing the Palais du Luxembourg for the best view or enjoy a picnic on the grass at the top end of the park.
Parc de Bagatelle
One of my favourite parks in Paris, the Parc de Bagatelle is hidden away in the Bois de Boulogne to the west of the city. It’s a little complicated to get to but once there you can see the Chateau de Bagatelle, the famous rose garden, and the magnificent iris display (in May).
While not free to visit, the Rodin Museum is one of the top museums in Paris and the garden is a fantastic place to wander. Rodin’s sculptures are on display throughout the garden, including his most recognised works, The Thinker and The Gates of Hell. There aren’t any chairs or benches in the garden but you can sit and enjoy an expensive meal at the small outdoor cafe.
Just behind Notre Dame Cathedral is a little garden which is the perfect place to sit and relax after a day of sightseeing. You can sit facing the Cathedral or watch the river cruise boats pass by on the Seine. This is a great place to stop and eat a Nutella crepe picked up from one of the nearby creperies.
Jardin des Plantes
The Jardin des Plantes is a botanical garden where you can find 1000s of different species of plants from around the world as well as the oldest trees in Paris. Sit in the shade overlooking the formal garden or visit the zoo where you can find wallabies and red pandas amongst other animals.
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Andrea, is an Aussie expat in Paris.
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